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  1. Often outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like: to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt.
  2. Usually outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like: the outskirts of respectability.
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Origin of outskirt

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + skirt
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Related Words for outskirts

periphery, environs, vicinity, suburb, edge, limit, purlieu, boundary, border, outpost, suburbia

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Historical Examples of outskirts

  • The roads and the outskirts of the wood were watched almost constantly.

  • In silence they took their way through the outskirts of the town.

  • Once over the top of that hill, he runs into the bush on the outskirts of the village.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Soon they were moving at a slower pace through the outskirts of Rouen.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • December 16, 1903, was spent by three of us in a rest-house on the outskirts of a Hindu town.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

British Dictionary definitions for outskirts


pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) outlying or bordering areas, districts, etc, as of a city
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Word Origin and History for outskirts



"outer border," 1590s, from out + skirt (n.). Now only in plural, outskirts. Originally in Spenser.

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